Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The Speaker of the Federal Parliament of
Somalia has applauded Uganda's Parliament saying it was one of the best
in Africa. Mohammed Sheik Osman Jawari hailed Uganda's Parliament noting
that it has developed many systems and processes.
"You have knowledgeable staff and experienced MPs. You have effective
committee systems. We shall learn from the abundant resources and
excel. There is plenty to learn from Uganda," Jawari said on Tuesday.
He said this during the signing of a twinning agreement between
Uganda's Parliament and that of Somalia. The function took place at
Parliament of Uganda.
Under the twinning arrangement Uganda will train Somali staff and MPs
on Parliamentary business such as drafting Bills, making reports,
debating and following the Rules of Procedure. Jawari led a delegation
from Somalia's Parliament.
Jawari thanked the Uganda Peoples Defence Force for efforts towards
restored peace in Somalia. "The sacrifice of our brothers in bringing
peace, rule of law, reconciliation, development and democracy will not
be in vain," he said.
Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of Parliament said Uganda was proud to be
part of the AMISOM initiative that is helping Somalia to re-build strong
security and governance institutions which will facilitate the
restoration of peace, reconciliation and national development.
Kadaga said Uganda has similar training for the Parliament of
Southern Sudan and other Parliaments in the region. "Our Parliament has
built strong capacity in delivery of training and other forms of
capacity building both for MPs and staff.
Uganda's Institute of Parliamentary Studies will collaborate with
experts from your side to implement our cooperation", Kadaga said.
The deputy clerk to Uganda's Parliament Chris Kaija-Kwamya said
Uganda's Parliament would train committee clerks of Somalia, hold
seminars. He said they would put emphasis on teaching Somali MPs on how
to interpret the rules of procedure.